Great Influenza The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

ISBN-10: 0143036491

ISBN-13: 9780143036494

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: John M. Barry
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Description: At the height of WWI, historys most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu, The Great Influenzais ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.

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List price: $19.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

John M. Barry was born in 1947. He is a widely respected journalist who has covered national politics extensively. He has used this background to write two highly acclaimed books of nonfiction. The Ambition and the Power: A True Story of Washington (1989 is an examination of use and abuse of power. In Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America (1997), he revisits the power theme, but this time in the setting of a natural disaster. Barry is a careful researcher who documents the devastating facts of the flood and intertwines it with the fascinating story of powerful men and their selfish agendas. The conflict between the ruling class and black racists, the clash of former Senator LeRoy Percy and demagogue James K. Vardaman, the candidacy of Herbert Hoover, and the backlash election of Huey Long, all had roots in the policies surrounding the flood. Barry's political expertise comes from his years as Washington editor of Dun's Review, where he covered national politics. He has written for the Washington Post and magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Esquire. The Transformed Cell: Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer, coauthored with oncologist Steven A. Rosenberg, has been published in twelve languages. Barry maintains two homes, one in New Orleans and another in Washington, D.C.

Prologue
The Warriors
The Swarm
The Tinderbox
It Begins
Explosion
The Pestilence
The Race
The Tolling of the Bell
Lingerer
Endgame
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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